Healthy Lifestyle: We Are What We . . .

Many of us have heard the saying “we are what we eat”. Basically this means that if our diets are made up of fast food, takeout, foods high in sugar, fat and calories, we can’t really be surprised if our body doesn’t look or feel it’s best. Well, not only are we what we eat, but we’re also what we feel, think, hear, see, do and believe and here’s why:

What you think.

If you think you’re unlovable, unworthy or incapable, and these are the thoughts that play continuously in your mind, can you really be surprised if these thoughts encourage you act or carry yourself a certain way? Maybe they’ll prevent you from feeling deserving of a loving relationship, cause you to feel unworthy of something fabulous or incapable of achieving a goal or dream. If these or similar thoughts are playing in a negative tape loop you’ve created, take a look at how they’re showing themselves within your life.

We are what we feel. 

If you feel overweight, unattractive or ill equipped in some way, take a look at the way you dress, the way you carry yourself, what you do (or don’t do) and the relationships you have. Notice how these feelings show themselves in the clothes you choose, the opportunities you may be avoiding and what you’re willing to tolerate in a coworker, friend or partner.

We are what we hear. 

If you’re listening to people who are negative, critical, pessimistic and judgmental, can you be surprised when you feel deflated, depleted and uninspired? Notice how you feel once this negativity is dumped on you.

We are what we see. 

If you’re watching programs filled with misery, pain, violence or vulgarity, are you surprised if that has an affect on you? After seeing these type of shows, do you feel calm, serene and comfortable or nervous, vulnerable and afraid?

We are what we do. 

If you’re doing little more than chores or tasks when you’re home, errands and an unfulfilling job when you’re out, can you be surprised if you’re not excited about your life? If your day is crammed with tasks leaving no room for self care, healthy eating, exercise, down time and fun, can you see how this may be showing itself in how you look, feel and live?

We are what we believe. 

Our belief system is formed by the repetition of an idea from someone we trust. So, if you were constantly told, “you can be, do or have anything” chances are it became your belief system as well. But, let’s say you were repeatedly told that you were not meant to be wealthy, happy, thin, carefree, etc. Maybe you were taught that “life is a struggle, everyone in our family has a fiery temper, is prone to heart disease, has these thighs,” etc. When this was said to you enough times, it became your belief system as well. Are you surprised then when you go into your adult life, carrying this belief system and living within these limits?

Not only are we what we eat, but we’re also what we think, feel, hear, see, do and believe. It’s all of these factors that contribute to who we are and how we live our lives as a result. The best part about it is that with awareness and a desire to change, whatever area doesn’t work well for you anymore can slowly and steadily be changed so that it does. The choice is yours.